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“Eagle Wings” movie sets new standard for Nollywood – Minister

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the “Eagle Wings”, an action-packed movie on war against terrorism and insurgency has sets a new standard for the Nollywood.

The Minister stated this in Abuja at the private premiere of the movie, a motion picture by the Nigerian Air Force Investments Limited, in collaboration with Papel Image Tech Ltd.

The action war drama is about an Air-Force fighter pilot, caught in the harrowing world of insurgency shortly after his marriage.

With primary location in Maiduguri, the epicentre of insurgency, the film explores the often tragic yet thrilling business of fighting for life and peace.

It also delves into the freedom to love in the face of ferocity and the power of faith, commitment to duty and sacrifice.

Mohammed, who was the Guest of Honour at the movie premiere, said he was highly impressed with the quality of production and the professional way in which the actors played their roles.

“The movie we have just watched vividly portrays how the Nigerian Air Force optimally leverages kinetic as well as non-kinetic air capabilities in attaining victory in the war against terrorism and insurgency.

It also depicts the humanitarian efforts deploy by military to win hearts and minds of the victims in the overall national strategic approach in the war.

”I must say that “Eagle Wings” has undoubtedly set a new standard for Nollywood.

“It will also project the image of the Nigerian Air Force far beyond the shores of our great nation, further boosting Nigeria’s international prestige,” he said.

The minister commended the efforts of the military, particularly the Air Force for their contributions to both internal security and off-shore air power projections, in support of Nigeria’s national interest.

He specifically hailed the Chief of Air Staff for his outstanding leadership and vision as well as his commitment to utilising the media space to enlighten citizens and other stakeholders about the valuable contributions of the Air Force.

Mohammed appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the Armed Forces the enabling environment to function.

He also applauded the production management team for the conceptualisation and making of the movie with such a great storyline that reflect the reality in the Nigerian Air Force and the undying determination to succeed.

He urged Nigerians to embrace the culture of supporting the Armed Forces in fighting criminality in the country.

“Our gallant troops daily make a huge sacrifice, including the supreme sacrifice, so that you and I can sleep with our eyes closed.

“I enjoin us all to make use of this movie as a tool of creating awareness in the public about the critical roles, especially of the Air Force, in national security and nation building,” he said.

The event was attended by the Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and former Chief of Defence Staff, retired Air Chief Marshall Oluseyi Petinrin, among other dignitaries.

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DMX death: “The greatest rapper” – M.I Abaga mourns legendary rapper

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Nigerian rapper, M.I Abaga has mourned the death of legendary rapper, DMX with birth name, Earl Simmons who died on Friday in White Plains, N.Y. He was 50.

 

Taking to his Twitter page, M.I Abaga defined DMX as the greatest rapper for him, as he described him as the reason he took up a career in rap.

See what he wrote below;

The greatest rapper to me.. the reason I started rapping has passed on..

I promised myself I would meet you one day.. now I know my bucket list will never be completed.

Rest in peace Earl. The world was not fair to you but you did your best!

I love you forever

 

The Grammy-nominated performer died after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to a statement from the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died. He was rushed there from his home April 2.

His family’s statement said DMX, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, died with relatives by his side after several days on life support.

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” his family said in a statement. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

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DMX is dead: Legendary rapper dies at 50

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DMX is dead, the legendary rapper with birth name, Earl Simmons died on Friday in White Plains, N.Y. He was 50.

 
 

The Grammy-nominated performer died after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to a statement from the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died. He was rushed there from his home April 2.

His family’s statement said DMX, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, died with relatives by his side after several days on life support.

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” his family said in a statement. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

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Kemi Irinoye’s New Series ‘Okoto’ for Private Screening on March 31st

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The much-anticipated new drama series titled ‘Okoto’ co- produced by the duo of Oluwakemi Irinoye and Amir Wasiudeen,directed Seun Afolabi is set for a private VIP screening.

 

Okoto is a Libra TV, Original Series staring the likes of Nollywood veteran -Ayo Mogaji, Muyideen Oladapo and seasoned actors such as Lateef Adedimeji, Bukunmi Oluwashina, Adeaga Bukunmi, Taiwo Ibikunle, Bukky Raji, Dayo Adegbite,Akinola Akano,Mimisola Daniels and Damilola Oni among many others.

According to the producer- Oluwakemi Irinoye, all roads leads to the Film House Cinema, Dugbe, Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State on Wednesday, March 31st by 6pm while Red Carpet will start at 5pm.

Okoto is a millennial drive drama that tells the every day experience of an average African Youth, their dreams, aspirations, hopes and struggles. The hustle, the discouragements and the upliftment.

“Okoto tells how life happens to us all, with relatable characters showcasing challenges and situations that happens to average Nigerians with a flavour of what the beautiful city of Ibadan has to offer” she said.

Irinoye revealed that the production of “Okoto’ took place between November 2019 and February 2020. “We have since then been on post production and now we are ready for release” she added.

OKOTO will be on air on Libra TV’s YouTube Channel from April 4, 2021.

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